A month into winter, many of us have felt the icy blast of winds and other extreme conditions that come with the season. While the weather is familiar, the terms that describe meteorological extremes seem to evolve every year. The New York Times recently published an Extreme Weather Guide article to help navigate the latest climatological verbiage—handy in an extreme climate era. Here are just a few:
Standards support clean up, response, and preparation in a number of weather extremes. ASTM E1996-20, Standard Specification for Performance of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, Doors, and Impact Protective Systems Impacted by Windborne Debris in Hurricanes, covers exterior windows, glazed curtain walls, doors, and impact protective systems used in buildings located in geographic regions that are prone to hurricanes. Exterior garage doors and rolling doors are governed by ANSI/DASMA 115 and are beyond the scope of this specification. The standard was developed by a subcommittee on Performance of Windows, Doors, Skylights ,and Curtain Walls operating within ASTM International, an ANSI member and audited designator.
For emergency alerts, CTA 2009-B-2010 (R2016), Receiver Performance Specification For Public Alert Receivers, defines minimum performance criteria for consumer electronic products designed to receive SAME alert signals broadcast by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Radio network and Environment Canada’s Meteorological Services of Canada Radio network. This standard does not apply to receivers not equipped to receive SAME messages (e.g., tone-alert receivers). The Consumer Technology Association is an ANSI member and accredited standards developer.
For very snowy situations, sometimes referred to as Snowmageddon, Snowpocalypse, and even Snowzilla, the American National Standard (ANS) ANSI B71.3-2005, Snow Throwers - Safety Specifications, provides safety guidelines for a variety of different types of snow throwers, including lawn tractors with snow thrower attachments and walk-behind power snow throwers, making use of these handy devices safer. The ANS was developed by ANSI-accredited standards developer and member the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute.
No matter what extreme weather condition we’re facing during the seasons, standards add safety and security to our lives.